New Mini: what we know so far
- New Mini to be revealed on November 18
- Chassis allows for a five-door model
- Goes on sale in early 2014
The new Mini will be revealed at the company’s Oxford factory on November 18, 2013. Here’s what we know about the car so far.
Mini reacted to leaked spy footage of the new model last month by issuing an official teaser photo, with a yellow example shown under covers (below). Elements of the new design, including the profile and, most notably, the longer front overhangs were clearly visible.
The Mini Vision concept shown last month (pictured in the thumbnail) has also given us clues to some of the final exterior details, including the daytime running light 'rings' around the headlights and the sculpted doors - a design feature already present in the Countryman and Paceman models. Larger rear lights are expected too.
The new Mini will share its chassis with the next-generation BMW 1 Series, and will be available in two lengths of wheelbase. The shorter version will yield the replacement for the current three-door car, while the longer version will spawn a five-door Mini hatchback for the first time.
Rumours of a smaller Mini city car appear to be unfounded – official sources say the new model's chassis can't be shortened enough to accommodate that design, so the project has been scrapped.
However, replacements for current variants such as the Cabriolet, Clubman, Countryman and Paceman are all expected to appear in due course.
Like the current hatchback, the new Mini will be built at the Oxford factory, although additional production will also start in the Netherlands in 2014 given the likely demand for the new model.
The new Mini will use components manufactured at the company’s Swindon pressing plant as well as a new line of turbocharged three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines made at its Hams Hall factory in Warwickshire.
The engine line-up will have power outputs ranging from around 115bhp to – potentially – more than 220bhp for the hot JCW versions.
The new Mini is set to have a slightly more conventional dashboard than the outgoing car. Test mules have already been seen that suggest a more familiar layout, with speedometer and rev-counter set behind the steering wheel and the infotainment system screen located in the middle, high above the centre console, incorporated into the area occupied by the huge analogue speedometer in current models. The dashboard in the Mini Vision concept (above) hints at the final design with these changes.
Heating and ventilation controls mounted lower down the console are expected to feature, along with toggle switches that are likely to include the ignition start/stop control. We’d also expect to see a more user-friendly infotainment controller on the pricier models, derived from the iDrive system for the next 1 Series.
The official reveal at Mini’s Oxford factory on November 18 will be followed by unveilings at the Los Angeles motor show and Tokyo motor show on November 20. The car goes on sale in the UK in the first quarter of 2014.
By Ed Callow
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